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Lesson Plans

Observing Latent Heat with a Portable Hand Warmer - Students observe a teacher-directed demonstration that provides a conceptual understanding of latent heat, the "hidden heat" present in all changes from one phase to another, by using a hand warmer; Grades 7-12.

Field Trip to a Power Plant: A Reading Guide - Uses Global Systems Science GSS) text from Lawrence Hall of Science, available online, to study differences in fuels that power electrical plants.


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WebWatchers Web Guides - Use this link to access a wonderful amount of lesson plans on a variety of energy topics such as biomass, fossil fuels, solar, etc.
Power for a Sustainable Future - A list of activities and fact sheets for teachers from Australia.
and lesson plans
Energy - Fuel for Thought - 3 lesson plans on energy from the Bureau of Land Management.
Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy - Classroom Activity from Science & Children, March 1998, p. 40. In these two activities, students distinguish between energy sources that are renewable and those that are nonrenewable, and discuss costs and benefits of each type.
How to Build a Pizza Box Solar Oven - This small solar oven is ideal for heating s'mores, warming store-bought cookies or biscuits.
Finding Resources - Students will: recognize that as time goes by, energy resources usually become harder to locate and recover; conclude that the price of a particular resource directly relates to the incentive of companies to obtain it; will realize that often the obtaining of energy resources has adverse environmental consequences; will learn that technological breakthroughs commonly affect both the known energy reserves and the ability of society to utilize them; will realize that the remaining reserves of fossil fuels are hard to predict and are not known with absolute certainty.


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